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What is it?
Virtual Runner is an exciting new video software product developed by Outside Interactive Visual Software Solutions. It consists of software, a special footpod, USB Receiver “stick” and High Definition videos all shot from a runner’s vantage point. An optional Heart Rate Monitor is also available.
How does it work?
Virtual Runner is designed to work WITH the existing hardware you already own. No special treadmill required! You simply install Virtual Runner on your PC or Laptop along with selected videos. You then attach the included footpod to your shoelace and plug in the USB stick to your PC or Laptop. Next, you select which video or videos wish to view and start the program. After a brief countdown, your video begins to play on your monitor or HDTV (if connected.) As you run, the footpod transmits your pace to the USB receiver. This data is read by the Virtual Runner Software, which adjusts the speed of the video based on this data. If you run faster, the video will speed up. If you slow down, the video will slow down. The audio component contains natural sounds captured when footage was shot, which are not affected by speed change. A mute option can be enabled if you wish to listen to your own music. You also have the option of starting anywhere along a given route by selecting a mile marker so a course can be broken up and covered over several runs.
Your EXISTING Treadmill
Your EXISTING PC or Laptop
Your EXISTING HDTV
Interactive video controlled by your pace: You run faster, the video runs faster. You run slower, the video runs slower!
Multi-user capability for up to 5 users with separate data storage for saved videos and footpod calibration.
Multiple racecourses, running routes and trails professionally shot and edited, all filmed in High Definition from a runner’s vantage point.
Add in your own self made videos of your own local or vacation running routes
Each professionally created video shows a marker at each mile and an optional Heart Rate Monitor display. Certain videos and sections of videos contain elevation prompts notifying you to raise or lower your treadmill’s incline and by how much.
“Natural Sounds” or “Mute” capabilities
A “Replay” option is available for shorter videos
A “Save” option is available for longer videos you wish to break up over several workouts
“Variable Start” – You can select by mile marker where on a course you wish begin
No more boring runs on the treadmill
Learn racecourses and landmarks BEFORE you run them
Run your favorite routes during inclement weather or even while traveling
Important Note: Currently Virtual Runner is limited to a 10:00 per mile or faster pace point. In order for the software to function at all, you must be able to maintain at least a pace of 10:00 per mile (6 miles per hour). If you cannot currently carry on at this pace, please visit our Pre-Paced DVDs section. Thank you.